Richard Wagner Jubilee 2013
The opening bars of Das Liebesmahl der Apostel
Richard Wagner borrowed literature from the Royal Library in Dresden – according to Egon Voss in his most recently published Wagner book. It’s possible that this helped the composer to find inspiration for new operas, such as Die Meistersinger von Bayreuth, in which Hans Sachs sings at the end: Verachtet mir die Meister nicht und ehrt mir ihre Kunst! (Do not disdain our Masters thus, But honour well their Art!).
On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth the SLUB is presenting historical documents of Richard Wagner: the autograph score for Das Liebesmahl der Apostel (premiered in the Frauenkirche Dresden in 1843); other autograph scores, such as the festive song Der Tag erscheint, der ihn uns wiedergab and the Lied der Hirten from Tannhäuser, as well as original letters; program notes and artist postcards from premieres of Wagner’s works in Dresden; orchestral instrumentation of various opera performances under the direction of Richard Wagner; shellac discs; opera libretti; the police report from 1851, in which the 38 year-old Dresden Kapellmeister (conductor) was charged with being a "state criminal and traitor" and for whom existed an arrest warrant – as well as many, many more recent acquisitions pertaining to Wagner. [more]